While I was pregnant, the one thing that I craved and couldn't get here in California was a piece of Dominican cake. Dominican cake has a light, airy and moist texture. You will find these cakes in every Dominican baby shower, wedding, baptism or birthdays. So for my son's first birthday instead of buying a store bought birthday cake I decided I wanted to make it special and bake a cake. Dominican cakes are quite complex and require lots of practice. The following recipe may be considered blasphemy to your mothers, aunts, and grandmothers. (Hence the title of the post) However, it's a fool-proof easy way to simplify your life and you can fool anyone with this recipe. To save time I opted out the flour, baking powder, sugar and I bought a cake mix. I tweaked the directions on the box with the Dominican style of baking cake. (Thanks Tia for the great tip!)
Things you will Need:
1 Box of your favorite cake mix (Vanilla, Yellow)
1/2 lb of unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 medium eggs at room temperature
1 pinch of grated lime peel
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 cup of orange juice, divided into thirds
1)Grease two 8" non-stick baking molds and sprinkle with the flour.
2)Preheat oven to 350 °F
3)Mix the flour and butter until it is light and fluffy and has a very light yellow color (about 4 mins).
4)Add the eggs one by one and continue beating until each is well incorporated into the mixture before adding the next.
5)Add the lime peel, and vanilla. Pour in a third of the juice, when it is well combined add a third of the cake mix. Repeat adding the cake mix and juice in thirds and keep whisking until all is well-mixed before adding the next third.
6)Pour in half the batter in each baking pan
Bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean (about 30 mins).
7)Cool down cake to room temperature before removing from the pan.
8)To decorate the cake spread the meringue on top and around the cake. I chose a "naked cake style" for my son's birthday cake. You may add decoration according to your taste and skills.
And You're Welcome! You can keep this little secret to your self and impress your next celebration with this simple, easy recipe.
If you want another easy recipe, check out my Pudin de Pan Youtube video link below.